These pages address the application of Integrated SocioPsychology concepts to lifespan development – with a specific theoretical application to infant attachments and romantic relationships. More immediately-topical observations can be found in the Blog.
Those who support the Integrated approach and are interested in such matters are invited to submit pieces for publication here as ‘guest features’ or ‘guest reports’. Please get in touch with your ideas via the Contact page.
The Biological Impetus to Attachment
A look at how biological factors and biological-environmental interaction influence mother-child bonding
Stages of Infant Attachment
Article comparing the stages of infant attachment outlined by John Bowlby and Rudolph Schaffer & Peggy Emerson respectively
Page outlining and evaluating Mary Ainsworth’s Strange Situation as a measure of infant attachment
Caregiver Sensitivity vs Temperament Hypothesis
A consideration of how much the elements of Mary Ainsworth’s Caregiver Sensitivity Hypothesis and Jermome Kagan’s Temperament Hypothesis might interact to develop attachments
Please note the theories and research discussed in this section are concerned with heterosexual relationships – and mostly as they occur in the West. There is still relatively little reliable research on homosexual relationships and psychological and sociological cross-cultural research on romantic/sexual relationships is still very much in its infancy.
Even Western research in this area is largely dependent on interviews and questionnaires which are vulnerable to spoiling and social desirability bias. Since most couples want to present a ‘front’ to the outside world and there are relatively few ‘normal’ couples willing to have observers in the bedroom, research is largely dependent on various forms of self-reporting.